Teton Therapy

Running Analysis

Exercise is an important part of life to get or stay healthy and fit.  For many people, running and training is a great way to stay healthy, burn calories, relieve stress socialize with others and get ready for the next race.  Unfortunately this increases the possibility of an occasional injury or a flare-up of an old injury or condition.

Most runners have a desire to improve their conditioning, improve their times and increase their distance. Most injuries are orthopedic in nature and are due to training and running form issues. These orthopedic injuries are related to the wear and tear that is placed on your joints and the soft tissue around them including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

SPRAINS:   A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of one bone with another is stretched, torn, or has too much force applied to it.  Those connective tissues are known as ligaments.  Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall of a blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position but they can also be caused be repetitive wear on the ligament as well.

STRAINS:  A strain will occur when a muscle or tendon is pulled or overworked, torn, twisted, etc.  Strains can be contact or non-contact related such as those that occur from overstretching, working out to hard, pushing through workouts when fatigued or de-conditioned, or more.  A common example of a strain is a muscle cramp or a pulled muscle.  These strains can occur in any muscle in your body and are easily treated with physical therapy.

COMMON RUNNING INJURIES / PAINS:
  • Knee Injuries
  • Shin Splints
  • Hip Injuries
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis

The good news is that Teton Therapy can treat these orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries with the need for invasive surgery or extensive medications.  The licensed Physical Therapists at Teton Therapy will evaluate your condition and customize a program of care that addresses all of your areas of need including (but not limited to):

  • Mechanics of your running
  • Flexibility and strength of primary muscle groups
  • Flexibility and strength of supporting muscle groups
  • Core strength and control
  • Footwear
  • Alignment and other issues

Our treatment program will recognize the affect any of the above is having on your ability to train and compete and will allow you to recover from injury quickly and get back to your training.  Even if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our Physical Therapists to prevent long term damage such as arthritis to your joints.  If you have an old injury like tendonitis, arthritis, stress fracture, or low back pain, our therapists can design a treatment program to promote wellness and get you back to training and competing at the level you desire.